Bruce Bennett


You tried to teach me how to blow a bubble.
I tried my darnedest, but it was a bust.
I see now that I was all sorts of trouble,
and hopeless in my efforts to adjust.
Your world was just too different. You were young
in ways I never was, and careless too
as well as carefree. I was lost among
bright sights and sounds, that brave new world of you.

I did not mind it though. I would pretend
that I was making progress. It was fun,
although I could not fool you in the end.
You laughed both at and with me. All was done
in sport, or so I thought, at least at first.
That was a bubble too, but then, it burst.

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. He taught English and American Literature and Creative Writing and directed the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College from 1973 until his retirement in 2014, and is now Emeritus Professor of English. His poetry website is